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Bradley talks about jumping onto the ultraportable train, so I thought I'd add a couple of cents.

For a couple of years now, I've wished I had something more amenable to note-taking at conferences that didn't involve wearing a groove into one of my shoulders. Not that my Powerbook is super-heavy, but add some books in there, and it borders on the inconvenient.

And so, I did a little research, and came up with the Nokia N800. It's got basic internet, a bare bones text program, and pairs up with a Bluetooth keyboard (unlike my iPhone, which has only the first of those three things right now). I was looking mainly for something I can stick in my bag quickly, carries a decent charge, and can use to take notes at a conference, outdoors at Panera, etc. And while they apparently don't make these anymore, Amazon still had some iGo Stowaway Bluetooth keyboards in stock. The driver comes preinstalled on the Nokia, and the two are bundled at Amazon. Made it pretty easy.

The whole thing set me back less than $300, which is a fair chunk of change, but which I'm hoping will be worth it in the medium run. To wit, I'm no longer thinking about getting an Air anytime soon. That I could get 6 or 7 of these Nokias for the price of a low end Air just sealed the deal.

Here's a couple of pics:

Nokia N800 + keyboard

MID to go

So far I'm pretty pleased.


Definitely worth thinking about. My previous ultraportable was a Handspring Visor Pro with a Targus keyboard. Great for notes and calendar. No internet = no distraction. How do you get text on and off?

Though that N800 site gets my nod for "worst ever".

Yeah, that site...

I can USB to a machine or just send the files over gmail. The internet on it is decent, but the screen's not really big enough for me to read for long periods of time...



I did find it funny that the Linux-based PDA requires a Windows machine for a firmware update! Also, here is a much better N800 site.

welcome aboard. If you're looking for more protection than the included "sock" offers, you might try this:


I've been using it now (without the elastic on the outside) since December, and it's been perfect.

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